Counseling Process | Should I See A Therapist
Counseling is a collaborative relationship formed between the therapist and their client to create positive change in a safe, comfortable environment. Upon beginning counseling (often called therapy), the counselor and client will begin the “intake” process.
What is The Goal of Counseling?
The goal of the intake is to inform you of your rights as a client and get all the necessary history and information to formulate the goals and treatment plan. After the intake, the therapist and client will agree on a standard appointment time (usually on a weekly basis). It is important to note that each therapist possesses a unique style and approach which should complement your style of interaction to facilitate the relationship. It is a good idea to discuss the therapist’s views and style before beginning a counseling relationship.
What Can I Expect From My Therapist?
As your therapist, you can expect that I will work with you every step of the way from developing goals to deciding when the work has been completed. I will provide a comfortable, respectful, safe environment and maintain confidentiality at all times. I believe encouragement and compassion should always be part of the counseling process. In addition, I will answer any questions or concerns you have at all stages of the counseling process.
What is Expectation from Counseling?
As stated previously, each therapist is unique, as is every individual. As a therapist, I expect my clients to be committed to therapy and work toward their own best interest. At the beginning of therapy, we discuss previous attempts at change, goals for counseling, and in-depth history. As we work together, I want my client to be comfortable in telling me what is working, what is not working, and continuously challenge themselves to make the changes and growth they desire.
What Should My Child Expectation from Counseling?
Your child can expect that I will respect their thoughts and feelings at all times. I will be clear with them about the reasons for counseling and involve them in the goal-setting process. I will never force a child to discuss what they are not ready to discuss, but would rather create a safe environment to allow for the discussion to take place when they are ready. Children learn and express themselves through play. Children usually are not able to put into words the pain or discomfort they are feeling but these difficulties come through in their play. Related to this, children often work out their difficulties through play which I will actively participate with them in. Play gives me a window into the child’s world and a means to relate to them at their level. Positive change and understanding occur through the process of play and imagination.
What is Parent Consultation?
As a parent, I understand how heartbreaking and discouraging it can be when your child or adolescent is having a difficult time. I often get calls from parents who just need tools and techniques to help their child through a problem or challenge they are facing. Often times, we are too close to the problem to see the solution. As a result, I offer parent consultation to discuss the difficulties, offer information and effective techniques, and provide resources. I have had multi-generations of a family come in to assist their child. I always follow up with the family and see if the techniques and information were effective or if counseling is the next step to be taken.
When you should go to counseling?
Lost in Transition
Have you just lost your job or are you considering a career change? Are you or your spouse about to retire? Are you going through a relationship break-up or divorce? Do you face children leaving the nest? Are you yearning for more meaning in your life? Do you have dreams yet to be fulfilled? Come discover new possibilities for careers, relationships, artistic expression, pleasurable activities, and friendships.
Teens in Crisis
Adolescence is a time when teens begin to face adult issues in life and stop talking to their parents. Teenagers are on a touching roller coaster as they build up their first close relations, set up their identities, and cope with peer and family pressures. When severe disease, separation, bereavement of a loved one, or other disturbance enters the combine the result can be psychologically devastating. Creative interventions and an environment that is both nurturing and challenging help teens discover their true selves.
Whether you’re suffering from cancer, diabetes, a heart condition, fibromyalgia, or chronic back pain, it’s bound to have a negative impact on your mood and outlook on life. Your stress is bound to aggravate your medical condition. Let me help you achieve emotional as well as physical well-being in spite of your limitations.
Of course, you love your ill family member but you’re overwhelmed and exhausted and very much alone. Come to a safe place to unburden yourself, share your true feelings, and learn constructive ways of relieving stress and taking care of your own health.
Grief and Loss
There is no time limit on grief. We must allow ourselves to take the time we need and allow grief to run its natural course. Whether your relationship or marriage has ended or a loved one has died, it is helpful to share your grief, understand the stages, and learn healthful ways for the whole family to cope.
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